Billy Ray Cyrus announced Monday he would release a new album, “Thin Line,” in September. Cyrus also co-stars in a new TV series starting this month. Blue Cadillac Music will release the disc on Sept. 9. Cyrus describes Thin Line as, “How I live my life; it’s a balance between art and reality.” Three songs will be available to download prior to the September album launch. The first, “Hey Elvis,” is available now. Cyrus’s cover of the Don Williams classic “Tulsa Time” will be available July 8, and the title track “Thin Line” will be available on Aug. 12.
Cyrus first was keen on “Hey Elvis,” written by Bryan Adams and Gretchen Peters, almost 20 years ago. Cyrus sings on his version with Adams, and former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes on the rock song. Cyrus released a video for the song as well. Cyrus created the label in 2012 with Brandon Friesen. Cyrus released his previous album,’ Change My Mind,” on the label. Cyrus also is launching a new television series on CMT, “Still The King.” The series premieres Sunday, June 12 at 9 p.m. eastern/Pacific. Cyrus, a writer and executive producer of the series, also stars as “Burnin’ Vernon” Brown, a one-hit wonder turned Elvis-impersonating scoundrel. After a run-in with the law, Brown is sentenced to community service and ends up masquerading as the community’s new preacher, and re-connecting with his old flame, and a daughter he didn’t know about. Cyrus’ co-stars include Joey Lauren Adams, Leslie David Baker, Lacey Chabert, comedian/actor Kevin Farley and Madison Iseman along with cameos by Randy Travis, Darius Rucker, Wayne Newton, Erik Estrada and John Corbett.